How a Serial Console Server Can Provide the Best Solution for Remote Network Management

Sometimes, network equipment sites are located in extremely remote, far-away locations. Depending on the nature of the network application, equipment sites might be located on top of a mountain or deep in the middle of a forest. Remote network equipment always provides a challenge to network administrators who need secure, reliable access to command functions on network devices, no matter where those devices might be. In cases like this, most network managers rely on an out of band management solution that includes a serial console server.

A serial console server can provide secure access to command functions on remote network devices, whether that device is located down the hall or in an equipment cabinet several states away. Obviously, gaining access to a device that’s located right down the hall doesn’t present much of a challenge, but what if that network device is located off the beaten path, at a site where a phone line or Ethernet line is unavailable or impractical?

Rather than busting your budget to run phone or internet lines to the middle of nowhere, it would make much more sense to install a serial console server at the remote network site, and then use either satellite internet or a wireless connection to communicate with the serial console server. This allows you to establish a secure, authenticated connection with the serial console server, and then use the serial console server to access console port functions on other network devices at the site.

An out of band management solution that includes a serial console server provides quick access to command functions on remote devices, and eliminates the need to send your IT support staff on long road trips to remote equipment sites, just to enter a couple of commands and change a few configuration parameters and then drive back home again. A serial console server provides a much more cost effective solution for remote network management, and helps you to keep your IT support staff where they’re the most useful; at the central office.

Network equipment sites are set up all over the world and at ever type of remote location imaginable. When problems with remote network devices disrupt communication or impair other network functions, it’s vital to have quick, secure access to those remote devices. The best possible solution to this challenge, is to install a serial console server at each remote network site, and then use a small IT support staff to address problems from a central location. A serial console server provides fast, reliable, secure access to command functions on remote network devices, and helps you to maximize up-time and reduce network maintenance costs.

Western Telematic, Inc. (WTI) designs and manufactures remote device management products for IT applications. WTI’s Serial Console Server products, Remote Reboot products, Switched PDU products and A/B Fallback products are engineered to allow you to securely manage and troubleshoot rack equipment in remote locations.

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